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“The Willard Washington- Next door to the Whitehouse (almost)”

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Willard InterContinental Washington
Ranked #15 of 142 Hotels in Washington DC
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Reviewed 19 September 2009

Fantastic weekend at the Willard. Reasonable weekend rates.
Top quality hotel - and room- ours wasn't enormous but adequate.
Very clean - comfortable bed -chairs- desk - safe- coffee maker-iron etc.
The location is fantastic - two blocks from the whitehouse and walkable to most of the ''must do sites.
Tour bus stops outside the front door and the Metro (Metro Center) is again just a couple of blocks away.

DO- Eat at Potenza Italian restaurant , corner of 15th and H street
DO- Eat at the Corner Bakery for breakfast - Next to Fileenes Basement
MOAN-Wifi and Internet available $10 for 24 hours - I dont know why hotels don't provide it free

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2009

This is an excellent hotel for anyone who wants to see the city. The White House is just a couple of blocks away. You can either walk or take the metro to see the Smithsonian Museums. Service is what you would expect at an InterContinental, amazing. The beds were very comfortable. I needed it after walking all over the city....

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed 9 September 2009

This hotel is all about location. Nice, historic hotel with elegant common areas but what makes it great is how close it is to everything. A few blocks away from the White House and the National Mall and within walking distance to a lot of great restaurants. The ambiance is really nice inside the hotel as well and the extra amenities in the room like cotton pads, q-tips, nail file and emery board were great. The room itself was a little dated but extremely spacious, which was surprising given some of the reviews we read, and had a big, flat panel TV. The king bed was huge and very soft and comfortable but too soft for my sleeping habit. Housekeeping did a great job of taking care of the room during our 4 night stay. The room was always clean by the time we got back to it in the late afternoon. The room attendant was also very appreciative of the tip we left for her every day and made a point to tell us one day in the hallway. We were surprised she even knew who we were since we only saw her in passing once before she thanked us. We made sure to avoid touching any of the stuff at the mini bar after reading the advice on this site. Although the front desk efficiently took care of some charges from a couple at the desk when we were standing there that had just moved a few items but did not consume them. So even if you do move items from the mini bar it did not seem to be an issue. The concierge service was also very nice to have and very helpful. They were able to suggest a couple of restaurants, help us get out to union station for a tour, and gave us some information on the metro. We had drinks and dessert out at the Café du Parc a few times but did not have a meal there. We were going to have brunch there on Sunday morning but it was $31 per person and that was more than we were willing to pay for brunch. The outdoor patio was great though since the weather was amazing. The only issue we had during our stay was when we went to check out of the hotel. When we checked in we were told it would be ok to pay in cash when we checked out but when we went up to settle our account they had already charged our credit card the day before we checked out. They claimed it was because we booked an “advanced purchase” through the Priority Club website but we had never had this issue before. We always pay in cash when we stay at a hotel upon checkout but this is the first time there was a problem with it. Strange especially since we had talked to the front desk about checking out with cash when we checked into the hotel and they said it wouldn’t be an issue. They were eventually able to credit our account back so we settle in cash. We would definitely stay again because the location of this hotel just can’t be beat.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2009

The Willard is my choice whenever I travel to Washington. I have lived and worked in the city for years, and the Williard is renouned as first class accomodations and VIP treatment. The service is always outstanding, the rooms are comfortable and spacious (for downtown DC), and they are luxuriously appointed. Situated one block from the White House and three blocks from the Monuments, this is the perfect location for a business or vacation stay.
I would recommend trying the Old Ebbit Grille next door (at 15th and G) for a good all-American meal. The food is fantastic, but save room for the "Blondie Sunday", which is to die for. If drinks with a view is on your mind, head to the W hotel roof-top bar for a beautiful view of the monuments at night.
Most of all, enjoy your stay in this historic jem.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

I visited this hotel with my son in early summer. This is the best place to stay when visiting the White House. The hotel runs specials on weekend nights, so it's a much better value for a luxury property than the Ritz Carltons, Four Seasons, etc., and many other inferior properties. We like to rent bikes and cycle - the rental place is right across Pennsylvania Ave. and down a block, as is the entrance to the Metro. The Round Robin bar was a fun place to relax with a drink. Skip the overpriced main dining room breakfast - we paid over $50 for a fruit plate and a bowl of oatmeal, with coffee and juice.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

We have been in DC for a couple of days and stayed at the Willard Intercontinental. We have experienced a high professionalism and a high level of service with all staff. The price was high, but from my point of view justified. we had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

My husband's cousin was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and was to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Our almost 16 year old son had never been to DC. My husband decided to make a nice weekend of it and take us to the Willard, one of DC's most historic and loveliest old hotels. We were not disappointed!!! Our room with 2 Queen beds was expansive, big enough to share with a 6'2" teenager comfortably! The white marble bath was roomy. The hotel staff provided lush bathrobes for all three of us. The breakfast at the Cafe du Parc was prepared perfectly and served with a flourish. The concierge answered questions quickly and efficiently and the Front Desk staff was lovely. Was the hotel cheap? No. Was the Willard worth the price? Absolutely!!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Willard InterContinental Washington

Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1047
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#26 Green Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range: £187 - £577 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Willard InterContinental Washington 4.5*
Number of rooms: 335
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the nation's capital, two blocks from the White House, The Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. offers 335 spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms, 41 of which are suites, that exude a unique blend of contemporary luxury and historic charm. Many of The Willard's guest rooms feature views of Pennsylvania Avenue and historic landmarks like the Washington Monument as well as downtown Washington, D.C. The Willard has been the site of many prestigious meetings, conferences and social events for nearly 200 years. With 19 meeting rooms and over 22,000 sq. ft. of event space, The Willard features unique and elegant function rooms including several ballrooms from which to choose. Discover a relaxing counterpoint to the busy pace of Washington, D.C. as you savor the fare at Cafe du Parc, featuring delicious French bistro cuisine and exquisite house-made patisseries. Reserve a table on one of Washington's most popular terraces' or dine inside in a modern, sleek Parisian-style setting. Join us for a drink in the historic Round Robin Bar. Located just off the lobby of The Willard, the Round Robin Bar has been a lively meeting place for Washington's political and social elite since the days of Abraham Lincoln. Long celebrated as one of the best in D.C., this legendary bar was known as the nexus of "Rum Row" and the "E street Corridor" -- plying its trade to luminaries such as Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. Today, this fashionable downtown spot draws a smart, stylish cross section of DC movers and shakers. The Round Robin Bar is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to midnight. ... more   less 
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